Living Well According to Confucius

Confucius (551- 479 B.C.) was not only a social philosopher but a politician, editor, and teacher. His ideas are rooted Chinese traditions such as following the golden rule, respecting elders, being just in relationships, and virtuous in government and personal affairs.

Keep the Ego in Check

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

Just Do It, and Keep On Doing It

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

To Have Friends, Be A Friend

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

Lead With the Heart

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.


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